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  • Here then - the after math of meaning. A liftime finished between the space of two frames.
    (Mark Z. Danielewski, "House of Leaves")

  • Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.
    (Mark Z. Danielewski, "House of Leaves")

  • Here then at long last is my darkness. No cry of light, no glimmer, not even the faintest shard of hope to break free across the hold.
    (Mark Z. Danielewski, "House of Leaves")

  • Prometheus, thief of light, giver of light, bound by the gods, must have been a book.
    (Mark Z. Danielewski, "House of Leaves")

  • I could see her get all nervous but she was also excited. Nightmares have that quality, don't they?
    (Mark Z. Danielewski, "House of Leaves")


  • Scars are the paler pain of survival received unwillingly and displayed in the language of injury.
    (Mark Z. Danielewski, "House of Leaves")

  • I do not know anything about Art with a capital A. What I do know about is my art. Because it concerns me. I do not speak for others. So I do not speak for things which profess to speak for others. My art, however, speaks for me. It lights my way.
    (Mark Z. Danielewski, "House of Leaves")

  • Stories heard but not recalled. Letters too. Words filling my head. Fragmenting like artillery shells. Shrapnel, like syllables, flying everywhere. Terrible syllables. Sharp cracked. Traveling at murderous speed. Tearing through it all in a very, very bad inreparable way.
    (Mark Z. Danielewski, "House of Leaves")

  • I live at the end of some interminable corridor which the lucky damned can call hell but which the much unluckier atheists - and your mother heads up that bunch- must simply get used to calling home.
    (Mark Z. Danielewski, "House of Leaves")

  • Sublime is something you choke on after a shot of tequila.
    (Mark Z. Danielewski, "House of Leaves")

  • I still get nightmares. In fact, I get them so often I should be used to them by now. I'm not. No one ever really gets used to nightmares.
    (Mark Z. Danielewski, "House of Leaves")

  • The greatest of love letters are always coded for the one and not the many.
    (Mark Z. Danielewski, "House of Leaves")

  • I think that's what finally stopped me. I slid right to the edge. My legs were hanging over. And I could feel it too. I don't know how. There was no wind, no sound, no change of temperature. There was just this terrible emptiness reaching up for me.
    (Mark Z. Danielewski, "House of Leaves")

  • Tom gets by, Navidson succeeds. Tom just wants to be, Navidson must become. And yet despite such obvious differences, anyone who looks past Tom's wide grin and considers his eyes will find surprisingly deep pools of sorrow. Which is how we know they are brothers, because like Tom, Navidson's eyes share the same water.
    (Mark Z. Danielewski, "House of Leaves")

  • I took my morning walk, I took my evening walk, I ate something, I thought about something, I wrote, I napped and dreamt something too, and with all that something, I still have nothing because so much of sum'thing has always been and always will be you.
    (Mark Z. Danielewski, "House of Leaves")


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